It’s funny how different kids are, even siblings. And even from a young age. Of course, you expect their personalities to vary, but even down to diet preferences and medical problems and illnesses. Big J was born at the end of July and we didn’t figure we’d have much of a problem with jaundice since we were outside a lot. Little J was born the beginning of February in the middle of a rather dreary winter. Big J had touches of jaundice (nothing serious, just “hey he needs more vitamin D”) and Little J never had a problem. Not what we’d expected.
So it goes with our kiddos and, sorry for the potty talk, poop. They are complete opposites. I mentioned the rough diapers Little J has had in the Miracle Baby Bum Cream recipe I shared. His poor little tushie gets so sore that cleaning him up can be quite the task. These wipes have been a lifesaver and they are incredibly simple to make. The witch hazel is soothing and makes changing diapers easier.
– Witch Hazel
– Roll of Paper Towels. I used the Viva brand because they are not quilted and are softer on raw skin. However, they aren’t as thick as some of the quilted brands and I have to use a little more at one time. I just double up the towel and then I don’t have to worry about the towel tearing or getting poop on my hands.
– Small Wipes Case
– Tape Measure
– Permanent Marker to label the case with
– Start by measuring the paper towel roll and marking the middle with the pencil. A couple small lines should be enough.
– Use the knife to cut the roll in half. I was scolded for using Mr Napping’s good bread knife, so it might be wise to use a knife with less prestige than “the good knives”.
– Take one of the halves and, without tearing any of the sheets off, lay them down in the wipes case. Alternate how you lay them down, follow the arrows, as shown in the photo.
– When the case is full, tear the paper towels off the roll and saturate the towels in the case with the witch hazel. I poured it on one side and pressed the towels down with my fingers to help the witch hazel soak into all the towels. Then I flipped the stack of towels over and repeated the process.
– I store ours in a resealable baggie so they don’t dry out. We don’t use them all the time, just when poor Little J jumps through the roof, crying and screaming at every diaper change. I make about 20 at a time, unless we are using them frequently (when Little J is prescribed antibiotics, I make between 50 and 100 wipes, depending how long the medication is prescribed for). We sure could have used these when Little J was first born, maybe we’ll need them in a few weeks with this new little peanut.
– Use the permanent marker to label the case to prevent any mix-ups during changing time. Of course, you can get all awesome and label with something more than a permanent marker, but I’ve got other things I have to focus on at this point.